One story, two movies
Kiki’s Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便 Majo no Takkyūbin?, translated “Witch’s Delivery Service”) is a 1989 Japanese animated fantasy film written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. … According to Miyazaki, the movie touches on the gulf that exists between independence and reliance in Japanese teenage girls.
It’s not the same as the animated film, though.
Miyazaki’s version is a beloved classic, seen by generations of kids around the world on video, DVD and television, while Shimizu’s darker film may not strike fans of the anime as an improvement. Will they want to see little Kiki battling achingly realistic emotional and physical pain in her quest to become a full-fledged witch, from friendless isolation and cold-hearted bullying to a stomach-churning ride through a raging thunderstorm that would give a hurricane hunter pause?
“Kiki’s Delivery Service” Live Action Trailer
Why aren’t they the same?
This is because the Studio Ghibli version and the live action version are both different interpretations of the ORIGINAL Kiki’s Delivery Service, or Majou no Takyuubin (“Witch’s delivery service,” the original Japanese title): the novel written in 1985 by Eiko Kadono.
This is the original cover of the novel.
After the first book was published, Kadono added more to the series. There are currently 6 books total.
With the release of the movie this year, the books were re-released with new covers.
The books are only in Japanese, but they are simple and good for those learning how to read novels in the language. You should check out both the movie and the book if you liked the Studio Ghibli version!